At the Garden: SF Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter : September 9, 2008

San Francisco Botanical Garden's Monthly Newsletter

In this Issue

The New Ancient Plant Garden

New Classes

Bloomingdale's Shopping Event Supports the Garden

Volunteer Docent Training

Volunteers Needed to Lead Children's Walks

Greetings from the our new Membership Manager

SFBGS Subsidizes Members' Meals

4 days
until the next plant sale!

Native Plants & Succulents

September 13

New!2009 Plant Sale Schedule >>


Mrs. Spitzer's Garden

New at the HCR Library! Each month we bring you a new list of recommended children's books along with a Featured Book.

Kids' Reading List for September >>

CALENDARS Hot off the Presses

SFBG 2009 Calendars

Our 2009 Wall and Easel Calendars, printed in Florence, Italy feature antiquarian images from the Helen Crocker Russell Library rare book collection.

View large calendar cover images >>

There is a national park in Argentina dedicated to the preservation of an ancient grove of Luma apiculata, commonly known as Chilean Myrtle or Orange-Bark Myrtle. Some of the visitors there embrace these trees as old friends! With great age, the trees develop multi-trunks into fantastic shapes, and a luminous cinnamon-colored bark that flakes into patches of orange and white. Find out more about these botanical treasures in this month's "In Bloom" feature, complete with photos, a plant profile and exact locations.
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At the Garden: Issue No. 31  |  September 2008
From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

I just returned to my office from a short hike out to the Ancient (née Primitive) Plant Garden construction site. Wow!! Great mounds of soil are shifting into place and truly awesome tree ferns and giant cycads are in the ground or waiting in the wings. A new rivulet and two new pools have been constructed, improving the drainage of this once too-soggy site…

Read the full report >>

New Classes

Native Salvias with Native Plant Partners
Explore these charming and hearty plants that require little water, attract pollinators and insects, and spell sweet success for a healthy garden.
Harvest Full Moon
Enjoy the full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox with traditions of Japanese moon viewing on the shores the lovely Moon Viewing Pond.
Chinese Brush Painting
Celebrated artist Feng Chen will teach students at all levels how to create beautiful brush paintings.
Holiday Botanicals and Card Design
Extending our popular card making class to eight weeks, we will concentrate on the foliage and winter berries of holly, cotoneaster, toyon, and other species found at the Garden.
Conifers for Artists & Gardeners
Learn about conifers from all over the world, including the world's tallest, biggest, and oldest trees.
Botanical Drawing of Conifers
Learn basic techniques for drawing with accuracy and beauty as we will sketch conifers in the Garden using scribbling and sighting.

Special Events
You Save, We Gain!
The Shopping Benefit

Thursday, October 23, 2008

This fall, SFBGS will be part of Bloomingdale's Shopping Benefit! This festive event will be a celebration of local charities with a day of shopping, entertainment, prizes and storewide savings (15% on nearly every purchase) in the beautiful downtown Bloomingdale's store at 865 Market Street in San Francisco. The proceeds will go to SFBGS and 13 other charities. Tickets will be available at the door for $10. Stay tuned for more information next month.

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Docent Training begins Saturday September 13
  • Would you like to introduce visitors to the plants and gardens of SFBG?
  • Do you want to learn more about plants and their uses?
  • Are you interested in the environment, global climate change and biodiversity?

Join us for a ten-week Docent Training during which you will learn how to introduce garden visitors to the tremendous collection of plants and gardens that make up the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

More information >>

Volunteers Needed to Lead Children's Walks
Children's Docent Training

Help city kids experience nature - right in the heart of San Francisco! September is back-to-school time and at SF Botanical Garden it’s also back-to-nature time.  Over 5,500 San Francisco school children will visit the Botanical Garden this year and volunteers are needed to help.

Training takes place Tuesdays, 9:00 am–12:30 pm September 23 through December 9.

More information >>

Greetings and News from our New Membership Manager
Jay Estey: SFBG's New Membership Manager

Hello to everyone. My name is Jay Estey. I'm the new membership manager for SFBGS, and I must say that I'm very excited to be here. It will be a pleasure to work with a great management team, and with an equally special membership…

More from Jay >>

SFBGS is happy to Subsidize Members' Meals!

A generous donation from CozmoCard has provided us with "CozmoDecks," a collection of restaurant discount coupons for 40 Bay Area restaurants. CozmoDecks are available to current SFBGS members while supplies last.

More about this free offer >>

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